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Philippine to Intensify Steel Rebars Quality Checks after Earthquakes in Mindanao

Steel News - Published on Tue, 12 Nov 2019

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Philippine’s has vowed to intensify the compliance-monitoring of steel bars used for the construction of structures in light of the series of earthquakes that shook Mindanao.Trade and Industry Secretary Mr Ramon Lopez said he would investigate allegations of substandard steel entering the Philippine market. He said “We will cooperate and support the investigation to be conducted in order to ensure that the public will not be harmed by substandard construction materials.”

At the same time, the DTI said that the agency has stricter rules on standard compliance for steel products. Some the DTI new guidelines include raising the sample size for product testing, checking the Philippine Standard mark and standards of manufacturing plants and implementing inspection mechanisms at different stages of transport from pre-shipment to post-shipment and audit in retail.

Likewise, the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards has intensified its factory surveillance activities and created composite teams conducting surprise factory surveillance audits. In the last two months, DTI-BPS has conducted 14 factory visits involving 19 Product Standard (licenses for steel products. During these visits, samples were randomly drawn and submitted to the Metal Industry Research and Development Center testing laboratory for independent testing. As a result, DTI-BPS has suspended two PS licenses of factories found producing non-conforming steel products. A total of 57,250 pieces of non-conforming steel bars with an estimated value of PHP 6.5 million were destroyed. In total, the team conducted 52 factory surveillance audits with eight more factories due for surveillance or surprise audits within the year.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 12 Nov 2019
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